Lower Dolpo Trek is an exotic journey to the hidden land in the corner of Nepal’s western Himalaya. The journey of Lower Dolpo trekking is visiting the southern part of Dolpo region. It opened for foreigners since 1989.
Dolpo trekking boasts impressive ancient monasteries, isolated Tibetan style villages, pristine lake, waterfall, high passes, rich wildlife and snowy peaks.
Here people have still preserved one of the last remnants of old Tibetan culture with following of Bon-Po religion. Phoksundo Lake, one major highlight of this trip, is the deepest lake of Nepal surrounded by rocky crags and deep forests with salient turquoise blue color water.
The gateway of Lower Dolpo trek is Juphal. It can be accessed by a flight of Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by next flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal.
For the first few days the trekking will be passing through the river, tropical forest, barely fields and few meadows to reach Dho Tarap. It is the ancient village where people follow century’s old traditions and customs. Leaving Dho Tarap you traverse two high passes of the Numa La (5290m) and the Baga La (5175m). From these passes, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Shey Shikhar (6139m) and Tibetan peaks named Kugung La and Khyung La.
After crossing these passes you descend all the way to Phoksundo Lake passing meadow and waterfall in the route. Ringmo village, the Bon settlement, near to Phoksundo Lake is rich in Buddhist and Bon Po culture. Excursions to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bonpo shrines surrounding the lake make this trip more worthwhile.
From Phoksundo Lake you return back to Juphal following Chepka and Dunai. Next day you fly back to Kathmandu connecting Nepalgunj.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
The trek starting point caters the culture of Khas Aryas, gaining elevation the trek enters the villages of ethnical tribe Magars and at DhoTarap which reflects the diverse culture of Dolpo; Juphal. It is an ancient trading point in Dolpo trekkers get to see the culture of Bhotiyas. The landscapes that vary tremendously; the lower section of the trek is lush vegetation dominated by tropical and low alpine woodlands of SheyPhoksundo National Park, the upper section of the trek at times is dominated by Tibetan like landscapes, which is barren yet beautiful at the foothills of Mt. Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri.
Trekkers will also get to witness The Bon Culture and Bon Monasteries, Buddhism prior to Buddha, in the villages like Ringmo. The culture of Tibetan Buddhism with beautiful myths attached to them and the nomadic lifestyle of the people of Dolpo, who centuries ago fled to Nepalese land from Tibet.
The magnificence of Phoksundo Lake, which manifests its unique features and camping at its shore is probably the biggest sensation of tranquility. Numa La and Baga La passes associates at the crossing over the challenging two 5000m.
The floral and faunal biodiversity of SheyPhoksundo National Park, which is known for housing elusive cat, the snow leopard
Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.
Leaving the Kathmandu city behind, we fly to Nepalgunj enjoying scenic views throughout the flight. Nepalgunj is an important business center for many regions as it is located in the western part of Nepal, near the Indian Border. Later in the evening, we can stroll around the busy markets of Nepalgunj. Overnight in hotel.
Today we catch a 35-minute long flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. As we land in the Juphal, our trekking journey starts. We descend through local villages and terraced fields to the Bheri River. The trail continues by the riverside and passes by the Roop Ghar with water mill to finally arrive in the village of Dunai. Overnight in lodge.
Today we trek to Tarakot following the upstream trail that banks Bheri River. We trek along the leveled path filled with beautiful landscapes in the background to reach Tarakot. We also come across deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages as we climb over the hill. As we continue to trek further, we are greeted with dry stones and cultivating colorful terraced field of Tarakot, which is an old fortress town located on a hillock to the south of Bheri River. Overnight in lodge.
We follow the trail on the southern bank of Bheri River that leads us to the open valley. We then head east alongside the Bharbung Khola to reach Laisicap and cross the main river. We now follow the flow of Tarap Khola and head north to Khanigaon which offers the wonderful view of Sandul Gompa across the valley. Relishing the view of Putha Hiunchuli (7246) and Churen Himal Range, we make a final ascend on the steep trail to reach Laina Odar. Overnight at Lodge.
Today the trail follows through the deep gorge of Tarap River, ascending high above on a trail made out from steep slopes. The trail becomes relatively open and easy as we move further. We continue our trek on wooden planks and flat stones that brings us to Chhyugar. We then cross a small stream and a couple hours of the trek from there brings us to Toltol, which is a winter settlement for the people of Upper Dolpo. Overnight in lodge.
Moving alongside the bank of Tarap River, we gradually ascend towards Kamattarka, which is the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Crossing a narrow gorge, we leave the tree line and enter the forested path full of wild rose and juniper bushes to reach the village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a wonderful village surrounded by stone walls and used to be a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the old days. Overnight in lodge.
To adjust with the thinning air, we take a day off from trekking and spend a day exploring Dho Tarap. We spend the rest of the day visiting the monasteries near the area and take an opportunity to learn and understand the local culture, their tradition, and lifestyle. The people of Dolpo wear homespun clothing and prefer Tibetan style somba (boots with upturned toes) for shoes. Most people here follow Bon-Po and Nyigmapa religion. Overnight at Dho Tarap.
Today we head towards Numa La Base Camp, moving alongside Tarap Chu River and ascending uphill towards Tokyu, which is a traditional village with graceful Kani gait and old-fashioned houses. From there, we cross a bridge to Khanger and head northwest direction of the main trail. We then continue to trek through the rugged trail to reach Numa La Base Camp. Overnight at camp.
Today we begin to trek towards Numa La Pass (5310m), which is going to be difficult. We ascend through steep trail up on top of endless ridges on the rugged and rough trail. Once we reach the top, we are rewarded with the extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Churen Himal Range along with Norbung Kang (6085m). After spending some time, we descend alongside the Gyambo Khola followed by the beautiful meadow of Danighar. Overnight at tented camp.
Leaving behind Danighar, we head towards Temche via another pass, Baga La (5170m). We make a steep ascent along the shabby yak trail. As we move higher, we might require extra efforts due to rapid gain in elevation. The top of the pass offers sacred Chortens with a majestic view of Norbung Kang (6085m) and other peaks along with the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake. We then descend to a deep ravine and cross a frozen stream to reach Temche. Overnight at tented camp.
We descend to Yak Kharka from Temche at first and then ascend to the village of Ringmo passing through the forested path full of lush vegetation of oaks, pines, junipers, and cypress. Accompanied by the amazing view of towering cliffs and a large waterfall, we make our way to Ringmo village, which is a famous Bon settlement in Dolpo region. A short walk from Ringmo leads us to the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at tented camp.
We take another day off from trekking and utilize this day to explore Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. Phoksundo Lake is a beautiful turquoise color lake which is also considered the deepest lake in Nepal. We can get the scenic view of Ringmo village from the Lake. We explore nearby the Ringmo village and go to visit Tshowa (Bon Monastery), built 900 years ago. We also come across many beautiful glaciers above the lake area. Overnight at tented camp.
Today the trek to Chhepka starts with a gradual walk along the riverside, followed by a steep ascent to the top of the hill which offers the last view of the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. From there, we descend for a while and make our way to Chunuwar. The trail then goes through forest area of pines and birches towards Rechi. With a gradual uphill and downhill climb through the trail, we finally arrive in Chhepka. Overnight in lodge.
Leaving Chhepka, we head towards Juphal passing through the village of Shyanta and Kageni. From Shyanta, we trek through a forested path that leads us to the check post of Shey Phoksundo National Park. We then cross the metal suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and make our way to Juphal, trekking along the narrow path and beautiful fields of barley and wheat. Overnight in lodge.
We catch an early morning scenic flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we catch our next flight back to Kathmandu. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu and give the rest of the day to yourself to relax and rest. Later in the evening, you can try out the local eateries in the capital city. Overnight in hotel.
Our team representative drops you off at Tribhuvan International Airport before your scheduled flight.